Protecting Your Business Data

 

Defending your company’s data is a lot like defending your home. You need locks, maybe an alarm system and 911/Police.

This is the model many IT consultants are recommending to clients. Most small-business owners aren’t concerned about data theft; and they should be. How many times have you heard about a large company losing data, having outages etc. especially in states like North Carolina when hurricanes are a fact of life. The truth is that these things happen to small businesses as well – you just rarely hear about it.

Many companies worry about viruses on their computers, but this isn’t the biggest area of concern today. Since 2003, most cyber crime has been committed by hackers utilizing malware to steal information.  Most people worry about bad things getting in, when sometimes it’s the stuff that goes out (your information).

Most information thieves get in via links in e-mails. When an employee clicks on one of those links, the malicious software, creates a network of computers called a ‘botnet’. Information thieves can use that network to steal valuable client information or alter the company’s files. The best way to protect yourself is to be paranoid, imagine the thieves ‘already in’ your company network. Install Antivirus, but also install anti-malware software – they are different.

Business owners and their staff need to be trained on what to look for in email links, basically don’t click on anything you aren’t expecting. They need to treat all attachments as potentially bad. Have your Antivirus/Anti-malware  software scan them. You do have this software, don’t you?

Business owners need to be careful with employees that work remotely outside their secure networks. Who knows if they even use an antivirus or anti-malware client? Once a file is damaged or information is lost only a backup can get it back. What if it’s a clients’ information? They may not be a client much longer.

The bottom line is you need to do a business assessment regarding risk and data loss. A lot of businesses will say “nothing’s happened to us yet,” but it’s always a case of ‘when’ not ‘if’. How long can you be without your data? How do you handle a data breech? Think about it before it eventually happens.

Back up your stuff.

Thanks for reading,

Dave

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